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What number of Grand Slams will Carlos Alcaraz find yourself profitable? Greater than Novak Djokovic? Greater than Roger Federer? Greater than Rafael Nadal? The world No 6 has already gained two Masters 1000 crowns in Miami and Madrid in addition to titles in Umag, Rio and Barcelona; he is destined for greatness

Final Up to date: 21/05/22 10:42pm

Carlos Alcaraz describes himself as a 'different player and different person' to when he appeared at the French Open last year

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Carlos Alcaraz describes himself as a ‘completely different participant and completely different particular person’ to when he appeared on the French Open final 12 months

Carlos Alcaraz describes himself as a ‘completely different participant and completely different particular person’ to when he appeared on the French Open final 12 months

Tipped because the pure successor to ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal, 19-year-old wonderkid Carlos Alcaraz is quick changing into the following massive factor in males’s tennis. Simply how good is he?

With each shot within the guide and a mentality to match, here’s a participant with the tennis world already at his ft and appears set to be a fixture on the prime of the game for years to return.

He has gained 4 titles already in 2022 together with the Masters occasions in Miami and Madrid, the place he defeated the gilded duo of Nadal and Novak Djokovic earlier than seeing off Alexander Zverev in successive matches.

Hailing from the southern metropolis of Murcia, Alcaraz turned skilled in 2018 and, underneath the tutelage of former world No 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, shortly introduced himself as a severe expertise.

Alcaraz already has an entire sport, boasting highly effective groundstrokes and the perfect drop shot round, however probably the most putting factor for a participant of his age is his maturity on and off the court docket.

His finest efficiency at a Grand Slam to date got here on the US Open final 12 months, when he reached the quarter-finals, however he’s being touted because the most probably challenger to Nadal and Djokovic for the Coupe Des Mousquetaires.

Alcaraz makes no secret of his ambition, saying in an interview with Marca: “My purpose till the tip of the 12 months is to attempt to win one of many three remaining Grand Slams. It’s a nice motivation for me and I’ll combat for it.”

Nadal might not be able to move the torch on but however he has warmed as much as the way forward for Spanish tennis and put an arm round Alcaraz, not simply to encourage him but additionally to guard him from the media frenzy.

“If he is capable of win 25 Grand Slams, it will be wonderful for him and for our nation, and I will be glad for him. However let him take pleasure in his private profession,” Nadal warned. “Do not put further stress on him.”

Alcaraz is ‘the story of males’s tennis’

World No 1 Djokovic sees Nadal and Alcaraz as the principle threats to his bid for a record-equalling twenty first Grand Slam crown.

“We speak about favourites for Roland Garros and clay, you already know that Nadal at all times must be proper on the prime, due to his information significantly on this event,” stated Djokovic, competing in a Grand Slam for the primary time since his exile from the Australian Open.

“After which you might have Alcaraz, he clearly is the story of males’s tennis within the final 4 or 5 months with an enormous motive.

“He is had some great leaps ahead on rankings and the outcomes that he is been reaching are phenomenal for somebody of his age. He has made a quantum bounce actually ahead within the final 5, six months.”

Younger Spaniard’s energy left Tennis commentator Barry Millns in awe

Carlos Alcaraz (left) and Juan Carlos Ferrero are a match made in heaven

Carlos Alcaraz (left) and Juan Carlos Ferrero are a match made in heaven

Millns, who witnessed Alcaraz elevate the Subsequent Gen ATP Finals in Italy final 12 months, believes {the teenager} goes to be “completely large” in males’s tennis.

“I feel he is unbelievable,” Millns advised Sky Sports activities. “I used to be fortunate sufficient to see him in Milan and what he has managed to realize on the Tour this 12 months – profitable Barcelona and going into the Prime 10, which he achieved on the exact same date and age as Nadal when he broke into the Prime 10.

“We have seen how lengthy Rafa has been there since and it would not shock me if Alcaraz matches that finally.”

“I will go together with Alcaraz to get to the ultimate. He already has such ambition and perception in his sport and if he maintains his health and well being he will win these massive prizes. Nadal gained Roland Garros at 19, why cannot he?”

Commentator Barry Millns on Alcaraz’s French Open hopes

His coach Ferrero joked he’s just like the character of the Dragon Ball franchise, Son Goku, after the Spaniard exceeded his expectations in 2021.

After working alongside psychologist Isabel Balaguer, a whole lot of emphasis has been positioned on the psychological facet of his sport together with his health and tennis progressing properly forward of schedule.

“He is simply an explosive and dynamic participant who has a terrific angle with a terrific crew behind him,” Millns continued.

“You could not ask for a greater arrange than this younger lad has received. What he is simply displaying is an unimaginable maturity from any individual who continues to be so younger in his teenagers who is ready to come and play after which beat the perfect.

“What he did in Madrid by beating Nadal and Djokovic on an enormous stage in entrance of his personal folks was gorgeous.

“What left me in awe was his energy. The likes of Nadal and Djokovic – the nice gamers that they’re – have been being overpowered at occasions on the court docket. They have been being pressured again so deep and he has this wonderful drop shot which is such a terrific a part of the mix.

“I feel he is received all of it. He is received a terrific persona and he is simply going to be completely large. He is already a star within the sport and it is like he is already superseding probably the likes of (Alexander) Zverev and (Stefanos) Tsitsipas.”

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